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Chinese electronics giant Huawei has unveiled its first personal computer which is a convertible tablet aimed at the premium business market that will compete with Apple’s iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface.
The thin MateBook has a 12-inch pixel display, weighs just 640 grammes without the keyboard although it looks heavier, and has a battery life of ten hours under standard use.
The tablet fastens to its keyboard case using magnets and it features a fingerprint reader.
The entry-level model with 128GB storage starts at 799 euros (USD 890) in Europe with the top model coming in at 1,799 euros.
It is seeking to shed its budget supplier image to target higher-margin premium models.
The firm became the first Chinese handset vendor to sell more than 100 million smartphones in a year in 2015, as it defied a market slowdown thanks to strong sales domestically and in Western Europe.
Huawei, founded by former Chinese army engineer Ren Zhengfei, boosted its global smartphone market share to 7.7% in the third quarter behind Samsung and Apple, according to research firm Gartner.
It launched its first Android device in 2009 to complement its main business of making networking equipment.